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Historic England's responses to Mayoral Strategies

Posted on: 19 February 2018 at 15:57:53
Historic England has published recently responses to some of the Mayoral strategies published to date (Transport, Housing, Environment and Health Inequalities), these are all now available on their website:
Other resources available on their website are linked to their London Campaign (
Their latest research report on investing in Heritage at Risk: is also available on our London Campaign page.

Pole-mounted phone antennae require planning permission

Posted on: 18 February 2018 at 15:09:29
Pole mounts that support mobile phone antennae should be viewed as radio masts, a High Court judge has ruled, and therefore should not be able to benefit from the part of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) that allows much telecoms equipment to be erected without planning permission.
See a report on this here.

Mayor announces new Policing arrangements for London

Posted on: 12 February 2018 at 16:23:06
Sadiq Khan has issued the following statement:-
"Instead of 32 boroughs, London policing will be organised across 12 Basic Command Units. This change also has the potential to improve the way the police deal with serious complex crimes, such as safeguarding the most vulnerable Londoners."

CLG Committee reports on overview and scrutiny process

Posted on: 10 February 2018 at 01:32:42
The CLG Select Committee interviewed officers and Councillors about the effectiveness of local authorities' Overview and Scrutiny processess and published a report on what they heard.
Community and Civic Societies should check the way the scrutiny process operates in their borough and seek improvements, if necessary. It could be something to put to candidates for Councillor positions in the May local elections.

Responses made by London Forum

Posted on: 19 November 2017 at 14:34:01
The 'What We've Said' section of this site has recent responses to consultations that London Forum has submitted.

Court of Appeal rules against quiet enjoyment of parks

Posted on: 16 November 2017 at 18:03:21
The Court of Appeal has taken away the protection of access to parks and open spaces that was provided by the Greater London Parks and Open Spaces Act 1967 which limited the area of open space (one acre or one tenth of the open space) that should be used for events.
See the Open Spaces press release on this subject.

Input to the Joint Select Committee on Air Pollution

Posted on: 12 November 2017 at 10:11:23
London Forum has compiled a draft of the views that it intends to submit to the Joint Select Committee inquiry into air pollution, as here.
Comments welcome.

Have life chances of people in east London improved?

Posted on: 10 November 2017 at 14:04:20
On 8th November 2017 the Regeneration Committee of the London Assembly produced a report on this subject.
The members conclude that

  • The gap in many quality of life indicators between the six host boroughs and the rest of London has not been closed.

  • The gap in terms of sporting or physical activity rates has deteriorated.

  • The earnings gap in 2015 is greater than it was in 2009.

  • Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Hackney and Newham have some of the highest proportions of children living in income deprived households in the country.

'InsideHousing' had an article on 10th November 'London's Olympic games have not benefitted everyone' by Assembly Member Navin Shah.'

50 Years of Conservation Areas - Historic England talk

Posted on: 5 November 2017 at 09:50:44
In the evening of Monday 20th November 2017 in Chiswick the Bedford Park Society has arranged a lecture by Emily Gee, Historic England's London Planning Director, on the role of heritage and conservation in the future of London.
This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome. It will be held at St Alban's Church, London W4 5LG with drinks from 7pm and the talk will commence at 8pm. The nearest stations to the church are Chiswick Park or Turnham Green on the District Line.
Details of the event and how to book are here.
If you book to attend and do not know the area, why not travel early to Turnham Green station and look around the Bedford Park Conservation Area to its north. The Bedford Park estate was the world's first garden suburb. See details here and here. Both its pub, The Tabard, and its church, St Michael and All Angels, are Grade II* listed and there are 356 Grade II listed houses.

Mayor's draft Housing Strategy

Posted on: 1 November 2017 at 17:54:11
The Mayor published in September his proposals for dealing with London's housing crisis - see here.
The closing date for comment is Thursday 7th December 2017.
It is important that the GLA gets feedback on this draft strategy with views on whether it would be likely to deliver the homes needed in the capital and what else needs to be done.
The draft Replacement London Plan due to be published on 29th November is likely to have a target annually for new homes of 66,000. That is twice the number that has been built in recent years and the Housing Strategy must show how the rate of delivery will be increased.
Please let the Mayor have your views.

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